Do you feel tired? Dis-interested? Unmotivated? Trapped? If you said yes to the above then you may be on the track to burnout central. This feeling could be so prominent in your life that you don’t even know you need to avoid burnout in the first place.
Feeling over exhausted, disconnected and lost is not a great feeling yet so many people across North America feel like this more than once in their life time.
So why do we feel burnt out and how do we avoid this feeling?
WHAT IS BURNOUT?
Burnout refers to an overall feeling of exhaustion. This is caused by excessive and prolonged stress and lack of sleep. Burnout reduces your productivity and takes all your energy away, making you feel helpless and exhausted. Burnout and the effects of it can impact all areas of your life, it can also be short-term or long-term feelings.
SLEEP IS THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR
One of the main reasons people feel stressed or burnout is lack of sleep. When you become stressed, overwhelmed, and have lots of work to do sleep starts to fall lower and lower down on the list of priorities. Lack of sleep has an extreme effect on those who feel stressed. Although feeling stressed and burnt out are different, lack of sleep during periods of stress and hard times can lead to feeling burnt out, as well as a whole other slew of adverse side effects.
Sleep needs to be put first on your priority list. Sleep is what helps you recover from a stressful, overwhelming and exhausting day. Your body and your mind needs time to recover, process and rebuild functions for a healthy next day. By skipping or getting minimal sleep, you increase your chances of feeling burnt out.
Sleep plays a vital role in your overall well-being. Getting enough and good quality sleep can help your mental, physical and emotional health in a very positive way. Feeling burnout covers all areas of your well-being, directly linked to proper sleep. During sleep your body works to support healthy brain functions and maintains your physical and emotional health, repairing everything that has happened during the day.
HOW TO WORK THROUGH BEING BURNOUT
- Make exercise your priority
- Reevaluate your priorities
- Prioritize your sleep
- Set time aside for rest and relaxation
- Talk to someone about how you are feeling and what you are experiencing
- Eat and drink well
HOW TO AVOID BURNOUT
Avoiding burnout is important and involves working on your physical, emotional and mental health. Prioritize sleep and ensure you are getting at least 7 hours of sleep every night. Be open with yourself and prioritize your work in a way that makes your time less stressful. It’s important to talk to someone if you start to feel any of the symptoms of being burnt out.
If you are having issues getting to sleep and staying that way, why not try out these trick that can help you fall asleep faster? Take a look at the types of foods you are eating before lights out, as different foods effect sleep quality.